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2020 01 31

BMC Psychiatry



Chronic pain diagnoses and opioid dispensings among insured individuals with serious mental illness.


Owen-Smith A, Stewart C, Sesay MM, Strasser SM, Yarborough B J, Ahmedani B, Miller-Matero LR, Waring SC, Haller IV, Waitzfelder BE, Sterling SA, Campbell CI, Hechter RC, Zeber JE, Copeland LA, Scherrer JF, Rossom R, Simon G
BMC Psychiatry. 2020 01 31; 20(1):40.
PMID: 32005200.


Individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BD) have particularly high rates of chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) and are also more likely to receive prescription opioids for their pain. However, there have been no known studies published to date that have examined opioid treatment patterns among individuals with schizophrenia.